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Call for Papers: All Things Reconsidered – MUSIC Winter 2023-24

We are seeking essays for our Winter 2023-24 All Things Reconsidered music series. These essays analyze and contextualize classic albums in music history.

We are seeking essays for our Winter 2023-24 All Things Reconsidered series. These features analyze classic albums in music history. They are indexed in the academic ProQuest database. We are seeking pitches for articles on the albums listed below, although writers may also pitch records that are not on this list.

All Things Reconsidered articles should be at least 1,400 words, although that’s fairly short for a substantial essay, and writers are encouraged to go longer. Indeed, many of these features are in-depth, written for posterity and education, and some go over 3,000 words.

In these essays, we want to address:

  1. Why this album matters. How has it stood the test of time?
  2. How has the perception of the music changed over time (if relevant)?
  3. Where the album came from in the history of the artist’s music and the genres/scenes from which it emerged.
  4. What societal trends influenced the making of the record, and what influence has it had since being released?

Tips for essays:

  1. Please don’t use excessive lyric quotations unless you are doing a true literary analysis. Quotations are fine, but ideas are better.
  2. Please avoid mere track-by-track run-downs of the record. The essay needs to be ideas-driven.
  3. Please have a unique take on the album. Develop a central thesis to build your essay.
  4. These need to be essays with original critical thinking. We don’t want just a bunch of tracks listed with pure descriptions. There must be an analysis.

Please choose from the list below, address pitches to Sarah Zupko, and enter your pitch into our Submittable with the subject of “All Things Reconsidered“.

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PITCH DEADLINE: Deadline through 15 February.

ESSAY DEADLINE: Rolling deadline through 31 March, depending on the month of the album release.

Note: PopMatters is a wholly independent magazine of cultural criticism, est. 1999. Our mission is to educate readers and document our period on the cultural timeline. We publish for posterity. PopMatters is a highly respected magazine because of its ideals and its fine writers and editorial staff. However, such high ideals are not monetarily rewarded in today’s publishing climate. For this reason, we can offer you an excellent publishing platform for your quality work and our social media efforts – but for now, we are unable to pay you for your articles. Even the editors are currently volunteering their time. We are presently a 100% volunteer organization, with all advertising revenue supporting our basic expenses. Writers retain ownership of their copyright on articles so that they can use them for books and other projects. Their essays are indexed in ProQuest, as PopMatters has an educational mission.


Albums – January

You may also pitch albums not on this list.

Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues 2014
Air – Talkie Walkie 2004
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion 2009
ANOHNI and the Johnsons – The Crying Light 2009
Aretha Franklin – Soul ’69 1969
Bob Dylan – Planet Waves 1974
Bob Dylan – The Times They Are a-Changin’ 1964
Bobby Womack – Fly Me To The Moon 1969
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – I See a Darkness 1999
Boz Scaggs – Boz Scaggs 1969
Bruce Springsteen – Working on a Dream 2009
Buffy Sainte-Marie – It’s My Way! 1964
Carly Simon – Hotcakes 1974
Charles Mingus – Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus 1964
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country 1969
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Armed Forces 1979
Fairport Convention – What We Did on Our Holidays 1969
Fever Ray – Fever Ray 2009
Fine Young Cannibals – The Raw & The Cooked 1989
Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel 1974
John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Milk and Honey 1984
Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark 1974
Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith 1984
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin 1969
Lou Reed – New York 1989
Louis Armstrong – Hello, Dolly! 1964
Lyle Lovett – Lyle Lovett and His Large Band 1989
Mark Lanegan – Whiskey for the Holy Ghost 1994
Merle Haggard – Same Train, A Different Time 1969
New Order – Technique 1989
Otis Redding – Pain in My Heart 1964
Philip Glass – Einstein on the Beach 1979
Pretenders – Learning to Crawl 1984
Silver Apples – Contact 1969
Sister Sledge – We Are Family 1979
Stereolab – Margerine Eclipse 2004
The Beatles – Yellow Submarine 1969
Tori Amos – Under the Pink 1994
Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman 1994
Van Halen – 1984 1984
Violent Femmes – 3 1989


Albums – February

You may also pitch albums not on this list.

Big Star – Radio City 1974
Brian Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets 1974
Built to Spill – Keep It Like a Secret 1999
Courtney Love – America’s Sweetheart 2004
Damien Jurado – Rehearsals for Departure 1999
Dolly Parton – Jolene 1974
Elvis Costello – Spike 1989
Eminem – The Slim Shady LP 1999
Femi Kuti – Shoki Shoki 1999
Four Tet – Dialogue 1999
Fugees – Blunted On Reality 1994
George Harrison – George Harrison 1979
Green Day – Dookie 1994
Jason Isbell – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit 2009
Jimmy Eat World – Clarity 1999
Kanye West – The College Dropout 2004
Kiss – Kiss 1974
Lambchop – Aw C’Mon 2004
Laurie Anderson – Mister Heartbreak 1984
Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You 2009
Marianne Faithfull – Broken English 1979
Max Richter – The Blue Notebooks 2004
Miles Davis – Filles de Kilimanjaro 1969
Morrissey – Years of Refusal 2009
Nellie McKay – Get Away From Me 2004
of Montreal – The Gay Parade 1999
Old Crow Medicine Show – Old Crow Medicine Show 2004
Os Mutantes – Mutantes 1969
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain 1994
Prince Paul – A Prince Among Thieves 1999
Queen – The Works 1984
Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones 1979
Sebadoh – The Sebadoh 1999
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Jane Birkin – Serge Gainsbourg 1969
Simple Minds – Sparkle in the Rain 1984
Sleater-Kinney – The Hot Rock 1999
Spacemen 3 – Playing With Fire 1989
St. Vincent – St. Vincent 2014
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic 1974
Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band – The Mountain 1999
Tangerine Dream – Force Majeure 1979
Tangerine Dream – Phaedra 1974
The Beach Boys – 20/20 1969
The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin 1969
The Mountain Goats – We Shall All Be Healed 2004
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 2009
The Replacements – Don’t Tell a Soul 1989
The Roots – Things Fall Apart 1999
The Smiths – The Smiths 1984
The Temptations – Cloud Nine 1969
Thompson Twins – Into the Gap 1984
TLC – FanMail 1999
Todd Rundgren – Todd 1974
Wavves – Wavvves 2009
XTC – Apple Venus, Volume One 1999
XTC – Oranges & Lemons 1989
Young Fathers – Dead 2014


Albums – March

You may also pitch albums not on this list.

ABBA – Waterloo 1974
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II 1994
Beck – Mellow Gold 1994
Blur – 13 1999
Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time 1989
Dan Deacon – Bromst 2009
De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising 1989
Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis 1969
Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything 2014
Elvis Costello – Brutal Youth 1994
Frank Zappa – Apostrophe (‘) 1974
Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand 2004
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata 2014
Gerry & The Pacemakers – Ferry Cross The Mersey 1964
Graham Parker – Squeezing Out Sparks 1979
Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days 2004
Joe Jackson – Look Sharp! 1979
Madonna – Like a Prayer 1989
Madvillain – Madvillainy 2004
Magazine – Secondhand Daylight 1979
Mastodon – Crack The Skye 2009
MF DOOM – Born Like This 2009
Mogwai – Come on Die Young 1999
Morrissey – Vauxhall and I 1994
Motörhead – Overkill 1979
N.E.R.D – Fly or Die 2004
Neko Case – Middle Cyclone 2009
Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral 1994
Pantha Du Prince – Diamond Daze 2004
Primal Scream – Give Out But Don’t Give Up 1994
Prince – Musicology 2004
Queen – Queen II 1974
Röyksopp – Junior 2009
Run-D.M.C. – Run-D.M.C. 1984
Rush – Rush 1974
Scott Walker – Scott 3 1969
Soundgarden – Superunknown 1994
Squarepusher – Ultravisitor 2004
Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans 2004
Supertramp – Breakfast in America 1979
The Antlers – Hospice 2009
The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love 2009
The Divine Comedy – Promenade 1994
The Durutti Column – Vini Reilly 1989
The Icicle Works – The Icicle Works 1984
The Olivia Tremor Control – Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One 1999
The Style Council – Café Bleu 1984
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground 1969
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream 2014
Tune-Yards – BiRd-BrAiNs 2009
TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes 2004
U2 – No Line on the Horizon 2009
Underworld – Beaucoup Fish 1999
Unwound – New Plastic Ideas 1994
Van Halen – Van Halen II 1979
Wilco – Summerteeth 1999
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz! 2009